Justas and the Aluminat Faith

The Aluminat faith is the dominating faith of Europe. It originated in the Middle East approximately nineteen hundred years ago, during the dark ages of legend when magic was strong and the sorcerous Roman Empire ruled the world.

The proverbs and verses of the Aluminat tell of a healer and wise man, born of humble parents. This man scorned the Roman use of magic in conquest as the work of dark gods; apparently his own healing powers were the gift of 'the one true faith', and not magical. Legend names this man as Justas, champion of order. While still a young man, Justas amassed a huge following and, using a variety of means, caused the downfall of several Roman governors and sorcerers in the Middle East.

Eventually, Justas was betrayed to the Romans by one of his friends and disciples, a man named Jude. The Romans tried him for treason and crucified him as an example. Even death could not hold Justas; twelve days after his death on the cross, the prophet of order appeared in the cities of his homeland, shining with godly radiance. He implored the people to carry on the struggle (against Rome and the chaos of magic) and promised that their day of deliverance would soon be at hand.

It was. The champion of order became a martyr, a figure of unification against Rome across the east and Europe. Justas, the son of the heavens, became a religious figurehead, whose teachings swept the known world and kept spiritual dominance over much of it until the present day and probably for many years to come. This faith is called the Aluminat. The word Aluminat means holy presence, and is used to refer to the holy trinity of Order (law), Champion, or son, of Order (Justas), and Holy Ghost (Justas returned from the dead, at one with the power of order).

The Aluminat faith reached Europe in the 1st century (after the death of Justas). The eastern missionaries found an entire continent populated by a tribal people, which history calls the Celts. The Celts were a proud, aggressive, pagan people who worshiped the forces of nature through a variety of gods and goddesses. They suffer under the Roman yoke but any uprising against the oppressors failed miserably. Although individually they fought well, their tribal nature held them back. The discipline and unification on the Roman armies scattered them easily.

The Aluminat faith, when introduced to the Celts, was at first scorned as a load of stupid rules. The Aluminat's preaching of abstinence from the use of magic seemed preposterous. However, the humanitarian aspects of the Aluminat held appeal for many of the young Celts, and even for the occupying Romans. An underground religion was formed. Plenty of people, tired of being considered second class citizens to the magicians, embraced the new ideas. Aluminat missionaries also learned the oral traditions of the Celts and 'adapted' them into more Aluminat-friendly stories, committing the amended versions to written record for the first time. Eventually, the worship of the Earth was pushed underground in favor of the simpler Aluminat faith and its promise of glory in Heaven for those who are meek on Earth.

At the end of the 2nd century AD, the tribes, united by the Aluminat, pushed a shattered Roman army out of Europe. By the middle of the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire was no more, replaced by countless states and kingdoms, all united by faith in the Aluminat. The faith was so strong that, when the holy lands of Justas' origins were invaded by Saracens and Moors in the 11th century AD, troops were sent from all over Europe to reclaim it in three bloody wars.